Feeling The Common Heart

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: We felt a special state when we delved deep into the workshop and lost track of time; time passed and we didn’t even notice it. Does that mean that we drew the Light?

Answer: I don’t want to disappoint you, but this wasn’t the Light. Of course, if you were busy with something else that interested you, you would feel the exact same state. You shouldn’t care whether everything around you disappears or not, it is meaningless.

Do you see yourself inside the friends? Do you feel their movements as your own: their desires, intentions, direction, and changes? Do you feel the same inner sensations that the friend feels because there is one common heart beating inside you? We should try to examine this.

Question: The Creator waits for us to turn to Him. And turning to a friend, bestowing to him, should I expect something in return?

Answer: When you turn to a friend, you turn to the Creator. What do you expect in return? What do you want from Him? Do you want a certain inner connection and adhesion in order to attain the upper root and to discover how you delight Him by that? Everything is already included in such an action, but it should be dressed on specific figures, and in specific clothing.
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From the Convention In Sochi 8/25/14, Lesson 2

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Seeing The World As Paradise

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: We have created a weapon so powerful that all of us have the opportunity not only to nullify and dissolve, but also to develop, to grow for the good of the society.

We have learned to feel ourselves as a single whole. What do we need to add to feel the Creator more clearly? Where must we make an effort besides in the lesson, besides praying for the success of our friends?

Answer: Everything that I feel around me is my soul, it is all me, but, in my perception, all of the people are detached from me by my ego. If I neutralize it, I will stop feeling them as contrary and opposite to me. I will begin to wish for them what I formerly wished for myself, meaning the best. Then, I will be using myself, my ego, in the right way, to correct it.

It is not about having the right attitude toward others, not about love of others; rather, it is to correct my ego within me.

How can I correct it? It is only according to the examples that I see: This one, I don’t love for this reason and that one for other reasons. That one is distorted, this one is repulsive, evil, and so forth. My ego portrays an emotional picture for me of my relationship toward everyone. I criticize everyone, just like everyone else does, for they have something to criticize others about, as it is written, “With his own blemish he stigmatizes [others] as unfit” (Talmud Kiddushin 70a).

I criticize the world that is portrayed to me as terrible, and I see it as getting even worse because the ego is growing. We perceive the world this way, according to how the ego portrays it to us: people fighting, someone kills someone, everything possible. That is how the ego draws a picture of the world for us, not within us, but outside of us so that everything will be perceived more vividly, clearly, and juicily.

In order to correct the ego, a very good indicator has been given to me. I must bring myself to such a state where I see the world as the Garden of Eden (paradise): People love each other, they are only doing good for one another, and they merge into a single whole of mutual love.

In addition, it is the same thing in the still, vegetative, and animate nature. It depends on the internal correction of the person. The world itself doesn’t change; it is permanent. The person is the one who changes and sees the world differently. This is the entire correction.

When you are together, do you perceive a situation like this where you don’t see anything negative in the friends?

At first, one seems lazy to you, another seems dirty and disorganized, and a third is noisy. One annoys everyone with his pomposity and another through his shouting. No one knows his place. That is how you evaluate everyone at first.

Can you now say that these people are closer to you, that you don’t see any distorted faces, any harmful gazes? This is because when you live with someone, you no longer pay attention to his defects and perceive him as some kind of general image. For example, a little child doesn’t see his mother, but knows that there is someone big next to him: This is his mother.

Can you say the same thing about your relationship with the friends? Has some kind of change taken place in them, at least partially? Do you feel, even egoistically, that you can’t imagine your life without them? Do you feel that fragments of you are scattered throughout Russia, as if your body has been torn to pieces and scattered to different locales?

A person’s sensation must be precisely like this, really to such a degree that you will begin to feel each other, experiencing parallel states, and, after that, a single common state of ascent or descent. You even will begin to feel each other’s physiological states: how this one has a stomachache and that one a headache.

There was a time in ancient days when these were the requirements of a doctor. This is because medicine was not based on all kinds of devices, but on the doctor’s feeling the state of the patient because he was a divine doctor. Correction was a profession where one corrected another. So, by feeling him, he had to work together with the Light to convey it to the patient, to help him. This was a completely different medicine.

In this way, it is necessary to scrutinize what we are missing all the time so that the situation of the separate bodies will disappear and everyone will become “like one person with one heart.” They will move in sync. They will understand and feel each other where everyone must optimally be at every moment. This is not Brownian movement; it is not chaotic. Rather, it is internally coordinated because a single Light acts upon and influences everyone.

If we direct ourselves like this, we will raise our sensitivity. Then, we will begin to feel how one force is working within us and is gathering us together to the degree of our sensitivity toward it, to the required degree, by our inner yearning and constant attraction.

This is all of our common work that only can be done collectively. One person can jump, walk, make an effort, but, for him nothing will come of it. Essentially, he is doing everything right, but the proof that he is doing this for the sake of the Creator, is when he carries out these activities together with others, wanting to connect with them.

Why? It is because the ego was created specifically to separate us, and, through nullifying it, a person directs himself toward the Creator, toward resemblance and equivalence with Him. The ego is a helper that we cannot do without.
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From the Convention In Sochi 8/25/14, Lesson 2

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The Perfect Society Of Abraham, Part 1

Dr. Michael LaitmanAncient Babylon receded into the depths of history, but it is still reflected in our time. Its entire course is a single process, linked from beginning to end and from end to beginning.

That is why when we see how history repeats itself, but on another level, we need to draw the right conclusions from what happened and is happening.

So, in Babylon, which was ruled by King Nimrod, Abraham’s group was formed, which challenged the “official” program of development with its own program. Nimrod said that the hatred and separation that flared up between the people must be overcome in a natural egoistic way: to settle in different places in order to have less contact with each other, in modern terms, to move out from shared to individual accommodations.

Abraham’s opinion was different: We cannot do that; we must connect. And now we have to pursue not division, but unity.

As a result, three million followed Nimrod, and only five thousand followed Abraham. This small group of distressed people, who were not satisfied with the people’s general concept, called itself “Israel” and left Babylon. “Accumulating” years, centuries, and millennia of suffering, it moved its own way up to the present day.

Question: Was the group “pushed out” of Babylon and forced to start its own movement?

Answer: I would not say that it was “pushed out.” Pressure began later, but not at the beginning.

In those days, Abraham was a great Babylonian priest and sage. The people who gathered around him realized that his method of correction, or the method of a new life, attracted them by its inner meaning, that it is not just egoistic “divorce,” separation, scattering to different places, but the movement inside. The corresponding message, the request of the soul, was awakened in them, and they were ready for it.

After all, humanity evolves not just technically; it changes form throughout history: slavery, feudalism, capitalism, socialism, etc. In other words, it changes its shape, it changes its content. The quantitative growth of egoism also acquires a new quality.

So, the followers of Abraham felt that they could not develop just egoistically; they needed to reach a completely different level, to “jump” to the next level. Thus they adhered to Abraham, who fulfilled their internal demand.
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From KabTV’s “Babylon Yesterday and Today” 8/27/14

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Beginning The Correction Of The World

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Why do you insist on the dissemination of Kabbalah among Jews and involve your non-Jewish students in this work?

Answer (I answer on behalf of a non-Jew): Because through the dissemination of Kabbalah among the Jews (explaining to them their mission and the cause of anti-Semitism), we, the nations of the world, oblige the Jews to begin the correction of the world. Only the Jews can begin the correction of the world, meaning its unification, because only they are its broken parts (since the destruction of the Temple 2,000 years ago). But as soon as they begin the correction (unification) under our influence, we all join them and act together.
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A Spiritual Stigma That Cannot Be Erased Or Concealed

Dr. Michael LaitmanEvery Jew in the world is a versatile, complex, and complicated creation, and in order to stabilize him correctly, a unique education for all of the people is required.

After thousands of years of exile, the people of Israel have forgotten who they are. This affects everyone, beginning from the most educated to the simplest people. No one truly understands what it is to be Israel. Who is Israel? What is the origin of the people of Israel? What happened to it in the course of history, and how did it form itself? What happened in the days of the destruction of the first and second Temples when the people of Israel were on a spiritual level? What is the spiritual height that we attained, and why do we belong to spirituality?

What is the Shevirah (shattering) through which we have gone? What was the destruction of the Temples? What is the exile that didn’t happen with any nation in the world and in any place? Why are the people of Israel considered to have been in exile until today? After all, two thousand years have passed since then! Why, after all of these years, didn’t our people assimilate and disappear among the other peoples?

Why do so many problems haunt us today?  Because we wanted to get lost among the other nations, but didn’t succeed? Why does anti-Semitism continue to flourish in enlightened times? It is somehow possible to explain this phenomenon in the Middle Ages, in barbaric times. But how, with all these high-tech developments, communications, education, and culture, have these absurd stereotypes about Jewish people continued?

We must realize that the people of Israel need an Israeli-Jewish education that explains to a person who he is. We never will succeed in being freed from the stigma of the people of Israel that proves that we belong to it even if we hide at the ends of the earth. It makes no difference where Jews are. They must know what is happening with the people of Israel.

As of today, nobody knows this! Even though we learn the history and geography of the Jewish people in schools, we don’t know anything about it. This is because the whole truth is found within the wisdom of Kabbalah to which the people of Israel are linked.

The people of Israel are a spiritual people that are subordinate to the spiritual law that the wisdom of Kabbalah investigates. So, we are linked to this wisdom, and we cannot flee from it. The Jewish people gathered around Abraham in accordance with the spiritual root that obligates us to unite, and, with the help of the unification among us, we attain the higher power.

Our people were founded once for this reason. So, the law, “And you shall love your neighbor as yourself” belongs directly to the people of Israel, and we must exist according to this law. We have no possibility of continuing to exist without knowing the truth about ourselves, and for this, we must attain our spiritual source, for its entire essence is specifically in that and not in physical sources like the rest of humanity.

The people of Israel are like aliens from another world. There are even anti-Semitic hypotheses that support this because the nations of the world feel that we are different from the others, and we are truly different, and we have come “from another planet.” We have fallen from heaven. The origin of our source is “from heaven,” from the spiritual world. This source is in us and we must discover it to know why things are happening this way, what its origin is, and why it pursues us all the time. We are on the surface of the Earth with a unique mission. So, it is impossible to get along without becoming aware of the wisdom of Kabbalah. It is our constitution, the system of connections between us, the mechanism, thanks to which we exist and function. In addition, without the wisdom of Kabbalah, we cannot understand what is happening to us.

So, it is not important to us who is against and who is wholeheartedly for Israel; who is for Zionism or against it. We won’t know what to do if we don’t realize our foundation, the connection between us, the final goal, the entire process of how to reach that goal, and what we are doing in this world if we don’t understand our destiny.
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From Kab TV’s “A New Life” 8/14/14

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The Anthem Of Love

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What is the spiritual meaning of the connection between a man and a woman if it doesn’t take place at night?

Answer: The actions of unity and connection should take place at night after midnight, another part in the second half of the Sabbath, etc. These are different times that are suitable for the spiritual contact that requires the combination of several preconditions.

First there have to be two who are under a certain impression of the Upper Light, since none of them has the Light that can correct and connect them. They don’t yearn for that by themselves but ask the Light for that, the Light that connects the first nine Sefirot (the male part) with Malchut (the female part) in such a way as to create a common attribute and an action of bestowal. First the Light of correction descends to them and creates the right combination between them, and then the Light that they receive in order to bestow.

This is their spiritual action, the anthem of love! If we look at the different activities that take place inside our body, we will be able to see the exact replica of the spiritual actions. The only thing is that in our body it is all fulfilled automatically without freewill without a search or any impressions.

Three types of connection (on Sabbath, on holidays or on weekdays) are fulfilled according to the spiritual state of the general system and the levels of a person’s soul. In our world, which is parallel to spirituality, we can also observe the dependency on the type of actions and on a person’s state.

Question: Are these three types of connection called a prayer?

Answer: A prayer precedes the correction of each of these components. There is the prayer of the lower female part to the male part and through it to the Creator. There is the prayer of the male part which includes the desire of the female part, which the male part conveys to the Creator, and there is also what is received from the Creator. These are the three levels (lower, middle and upper) and the work between the levels.

This means that the upper should always have the opportunity to convey the prayer to the uppermost, to receive an answer from it, and to convey it to the lower. These parts always change places.

If I convey the Light to someone now, I am considered a male part and the receiving part is considered a female part. If the one who receives conveys the Light in his turn to someone else, he is considered the male part and the lower part is considered the female part, and so on.

There is no fixed gender in spirituality like in our world. It changes according to who you are in contact with, either with the upper or the lower. Every part that bestows is considered male.

We are Malchut, the Shechina. Our role is to gather all the parts of Malchut, to connect them into one woman, and to receive the Light from the Creator, who is considered the male part, Zeir Anpin.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/5/14

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Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Torah, “Leviticus” (Metzora) 15:16: A man from whom there is a discharge of semen, shall immerse all his flesh in water, and he shall remain unclean until evening.

Question: What does it mean? After all, the flow of seed is meant for fertilization and birth.

Answer: In this case, a man doesn’t use his seed to fertilize a woman, which means that Zeir Anpin and Malchut don’t connect, and so the desire is used incorrectly.

A desire that is ready to be used in order to receive the Light in order to bestow is called a woman. If he and she work in order to bestow, a third element is created between them called a baby, which is their next level.

However, if she is not ready for that—if she is impure for example or if she is not intended to be a woman—it means that his seed is spilled on the ground. This means that it is a desire that is not ready at all and is, therefore, impure.

The spiritual system is very rigid. Your lower level is always below you, but when Light comes out of you to the lower level and it is not ready to be in contact with you for some reason, then it is your corruption since you haven’t defined the flaw, haven’t prepared, and haven’t discovered the flow as an upper level with regard to the lower.

Therefore, you must be purified by being bathed in the Light of Bina by connecting to the upper level. A man is Zeir Anpin, and the highest level is Bina. Zeir Anpin must be purified by the Light of Bina (the Light of Hassadim, bestowal), and he cannot work on that same day with the Light that illuminates now.

In addition, we distinguish between the different times of day and different days in the contact between a man and a woman: the weekdays, Sabbath, the beginning of a month, and so forth. It is an interesting dependency that is made of very rigid laws that determine when it is possible to work with the Light by conveying it from the top down.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 3/5/14

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The Essential Secret Of The Jews, Part 36

From the book: The Essential Secret of the Jews, M. Brushtein.

The Postulates Of The Theory of Integrality

Our Universe is a result of the Big Bang.

Two opposing forces emerged after the Big Bang.

The interaction of these forces has led to the development of the Universe.

The Universe is controlled by the force, which led to the Big Bang.

There is no evolution. There is a perfect creation, similar to an absolutely round ball. It is in an infinite interconnection, in an ideal, perfect condition.
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The Future Of American Jews

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How do you see the future of American Jewish organizations?

Answer: I suggest the article that describes how once Israel, its existence and essence, was the cause around which the American Jews united. This is what united them, gave them an incentive for the existence of their organizations, and was a source of inspiration.

As they began to associate themselves more with the surrounding society and to ignore the existence of Israel, to that extent the cause that united them disappeared, and being disconnected, they “fell” in their ideology, activities, and influence.

If they do not understand this and do not put Israel at the center of their activities, they will completely disappear as Jews in America. Israel, for its part, must actively play the role that unites all the American Jews and their organizations.
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Dr. Michael LaitmanThe student receives all of the Light (the Light that Reforms and the Light of the filling) through the teacher. The order of the levels never changes and so the student’s role is to yearn to adhere to the teacher.

We have such an example in The Book of Zohar about Rabbi Chiya who fasted for forty days in order to see Rabbi Shimon, his teacher, who had left them. When he didn’t manage to see him, he fasted for another forty days.

This of course, doesn’t refer to a physical fast, but to spiritual actions. Rabbi Chiya ascended to the level of the upper Bina of Bina and he corrected himself to such an extent in the Light of Hassadim that he was awarded the level of connection with his teacher on a very high level. This means that he saw Rabbi Shimon sitting in the upper assembly, and it is thanks to Rabbi Chiya that he revealed the upper wisdom, the Light of Hochma, and the concealed mind, Mocha Stima’a. 

Question: How can we attain such a revelation?

Answer: We should try to yearn for what the teacher says. Of course neither you nor I are on levels like Rabbi Shimon and Rabbi Chiya, but we will undoubtedly reach these levels in the future. In that case this should serve as an example for us, not in the physical psychological connection, but in the real inner connection. Everything that we learn and receive through the external mind and the inner filling comes from the teacher.

Otherwise the teacher cannot do anything for us. He is in the position of a parent who can give his child only what the child asks for. If the child is full of energy and has the intelligence and desire, you can enroll him in different clubs, engage private tutors, and bring him books and educational games that can help him develop and advance to greater and higher levels. But if the child is autistic and behind in his mental development, the only thing a parent can do is worry about his physical existence, his physical needs, hoping that one day his mind will awaken.

Everything depends on the deficiency of the student and this is a one way connection in that only the deficiency of the student opens up the teacher and obliges the teacher to open up and not to close himself. This is called the sorrow of raising children, when the teacher is forced to close himself according to the distance that the students keep from him.

This happens with every student and I have been through this in a very dramatic manner myself. We have to study this state too, in order to understand that we are responsible for everything. The revelation of the teacher and then the revelation of the Creator occur according to the student’s vessels, and according to how he has prepared himself in the work with the friends.

It is only through the connection with the friends that one can yearn for the teacher and through him, for the Creator. We have to find the common passion in this connection and then we find the right direction. Otherwise we don’t and the concealment doesn’t help us.

The teacher teaches you where and how to open an opening through which you can enter the Creator. Imagine that you suddenly discover some concealment in the air somewhere, right here, and by the hints that the teacher gives you (he will never tell you directly and clearly, don’t expect that) you understand how to open a hole in the air and enter.
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From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/29/14, Writing of Baal HaSulam

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